Journey/Night Ranger

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Due to hurricane Irene looming off the East Coast the show was pushed back a week, and because of this the other opener for the shower Foreigner wasn’t able to play the new date.

Night Ranger:

Despite not being overly familiar with Night Ranger, I’d heard only good things from a friend who had covered the tour a few weeks prior to mine. While I wasn’t blown away by their music, I was blown away by their energy, charisma and the amount of fun the band was still having playing together.

After playing together for as long as the core members of Night Ranger have most bands tend to start clashing more and more. At least on the outside, that wasn’t the case. I’ve never seen a band that has played together for almost thirty years still have the amount of fun they were playing together. It was a beautiful sight. The crowd seemed pretty into them, though they got a bit impatient towards the end waiting for Journey to come on. Overall, it was a great set from a classic band.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Lay it On Me
2. Sing Me Away
3. Growing Up in California
4. Sentimental Street
5. Coming of Age [Damn Yankees cover]
6. Crazy Train [Ozzy Osbourne cover]
7. When You Close Your Eyes
8. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
9. Sister Christian
10. (You Can Still) Rock in America

Journey:

Despite being around for almost forty years, Journey is almost more relevant now than they were in their heyday. Behind such smash hits as “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” and “Any Way You Want It” the band has stayed relevant in a society that chews up and spits bands out daily.

After a great set from Night Ranger I was a little worried how Journey would follow up. I’d seen them once before, playing on the main stage at the Download Festival in 2009 and they were great, but this was the US – an entirely different kind of crowd.

Unfortunately I never got to see Journey with their original – and best – lead singer – Steve Perry. Don’t get me wrong, their new vocalist Arnel Pineda has great talent but he’s no Steve Perry, sadly. I loved his energy and constant interaction with the crowd. A small catwalk of roughly seven to ten feet was placed out from the center of the stage into the pit, allowing Pineda ample room to interact with the swarms of fans seated in the pit.

I was blown away by how solid and cohesive Journey is live, especially considering all of the turmoil and member changes they’ve sustained over their long and decorated careers. I was so happy to be able to cover this show and it’s not one I’ll soon forget.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
2. Ask the Lonely
3. When You Love A Woman
4. City of Hope
5. Faithfully
6. Stone in Love
7. Edge of the Moment
8. Lights
9. Wheel in the Sky
10. Open Arms
11. La Do Da
12. Be Good to Yourself
13. Any Way You Want It

Encore:

14. Don’t Stop Believin’
15. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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